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“Speak as the oracles of God” #1118

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11, NKJV)

We ought not think that God will automatically accept whatever we say and do in worship and service to Him. Our teaching must be according to the utterances of God. God inspired the Scriptures, and what we say and teach to others must conform to them – the “pattern of sound words” given by the apostles and prophets of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 1:13). Our worship must be “in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Our service to God will be “acceptable to God” when it agrees with the “perfect will of God” that He has given us in His word (Rom. 12:1-2; Jas. 1:22-25). By conforming to the revelation of God, our words and our service will honor Jesus Christ, not ourselves. Since Jesus possesses glory and the sovereignty to rule over us, He deserves nothing less than our full strength and vigilance to only speak and follow His word.

Instruct the Brethren #437

6  If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. 7  But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. (1 Timothy 4:6-7)

Just as food nourishes the body, the “words of faith” nourish the soul. Jesus has “the words of eternal life”, therefore, we must partake of His word to have eternal life (Jno. 6:68, 57-58, 63). The “good minister of Jesus Christ” carefully follows “the good doctrine” of Christ and teaches it to his brethren. (What is your preacher teaching you: Psychology, sociology or the gospel?) Godliness is produced by learning the word of God and by disciplining yourself by its precepts. Fully reject the irreverent, silly myths of men. False doctrine always deceives and leaves you spiritually deficient.